Makeup Spring 2017

Nars Wildfire Spring 2017

January 16, 2017

The Spring collection this year from NARS is titled Wildfire and features some of the prettiest soft neutrals as well as a good mix of brights for a gorgeous Spring and pre-Summer theme. I have a few items to share today for the eyes, cheeks and lips. The colors I picked up for the most part are quite traditional in terms of what we typically see for Spring or Summer collections, which includes bronze tones, pinks and corals as well as a series of variously interpreted nudes. The Wildfire shades are easy to wear with year-round potential and can also be mixed with a diverse range of natural or bolder colors. Picks featured include:

  • Velvet Shadow Stick in Belle-Île ($29 / 0.05 oz – Permanent) is a high-impact eyeshadow stick that draws, defines, layers and intensifies with full coverage color that is long-wearing and crease-proof. These glide smoothly onto the lids without pulling or tugging and have amazing deposit right out of the stick. 1 layer gives me good opaque coverage but if I really want to amp up the color and intensity I will apply 2 layers. Belle-Île is described as a shimmering mandarin orange but to me reads as a warm copper that mirrors a hint of bronze undertones and has a velvety matte finish. I like to wear this alone or layered with other warm neutral colors.
  • Velvet Shadow Stick in Siros ($29 / 0.05 oz – Permanent) is a gorgeous shimmering bronze with a small touch of gold and is a cream shadow stick that I feel I have seemingly be searching all my life for. It has very natural-looking shimmer, has smooth rich pigment and is so easy to blend. This worn alone is absolutely beautiful, but when layered with other bronze-like tones or even gold colors … dead, because words escape me to describe how beyond pretty this shade is.
  • Blush in Bumpy Ride ($30 / 0.16 oz – Permanent) is the perfect natural light to medium pink-coral blush with warm tones. It’s a very Spring-like shade with visible shimmer that is subtle.  It has semi- opaque but yet buildable coverage with a soft, smooth and blendable texture that is long-wearing and does not emphasize pores.
  • Lip Gloss in Aragón ($26 / 0.18 oz – Permanent) is a warm red with brown undertones and gold shimmer. This hydrating formula is one of the better glosses I own. It has semi- opaque coverage that applies evenly and smoothly without streaking. The consistency is lightweight and has a tiny trace of tackiness but not enough to where it affects the overall wear.
  • Lip Gloss in Asphalt Jungle ($26 / 0.18 oz – Limited Edition) is one of the deepest colors in the collection. It’s a medium mauvy plum shade that appears to have a hint of brown undertones with gold and pink shimmer. At first I was rather hesitant to wearing such a dramatic shade but it swatches a lot darker on my arm compared to the way it looks on my lips. This is still a medium-toned neutral.
  • Semi Matte Lipstick in Breaking Free ($28 / 0.12 oz – Limited Edition) is a bright, warm medium coral which is utter perfection. I don’t own a lot of colors like this, since I’m more of a nude-toned fan, but I need to back this one up because it’s a limited edition color. It has great pigmentation, although I’d say coverage is in the light to medium range. Despite its semi- matte finish, this lipstick was not drying, nor was it moisturizing.
  • Satin Lipstick in Kiss Me Stupid ($28 / 0.12 oz – Limited Edition) is another deep color. Described as a burnt Sienna, to me this reads as a warm brown with peach undertones. This as well is semi- opaque in coverage but has a creamy texture. In comparison to Breaking Free, this one applied smoother and was in fact quite hydrating. I have worn this shade a couple of times but am still unsure how to feel about it. Depending on the lighting, this color almost pulls orange on me and I’m definitely not a fan of that. As of right now, this is my least favorite item out of my picks.

A closer look at the selection plus swatches

Velvet Shadow Sticks – Siros (left), Belle-Île (right)

Swatched on the arm

Blush in Bumpy Ride

Closeup image of the color

Swatched on the arm

Lip Glosses – Asphalt Jungle (left), Aragón (right)

Swatched on the arm

Swatched on the lips. For skin tone reference, I am not wearing any foundation and am completely barefaced here. My skin tone is medium with pink undertones.

Lipsticks – Breaking Free (left), Kiss Me Stupid (right)

Swatched on the arm

Swatched on the lips. For skin tone reference, I am not wearing any foundation and am completely barefaced here. My skin tone is medium with pink undertones.

I give the Wildfire collection a huge thumbs up. I am thrilled with both Belle-Île and Siros. These shadow sticks have a smooth texture and glide on like creams but are not the standard emollient creams that I have encountered in the past with eyeshadow sticks. Siros is a definite hit for me, luckily it’s a permanent shade because I’m fairly certain I’ll run out before Spring even formally debuts. I think Bumpy Ride is one of the prettiest pink-coral blushes I have ever seen. Aragón and Asphalt Jungle are by far the darkest lip glosses I own, but to me they have become both unique and almost absolute perfection as I have been making a serious attempt on stepping outside my nude influenced comfort zone. Breaking Free is yet another top favorite, this is such a gorgeous coral which I deem back-up worthy. Kiss Me Stupid is currently the wildcard as I cannot figure out how precisely what to think or feel about it. I love the satin formula, I love how it applies and hydrates the lips – the only hangup I have is the color.

The NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 collection is currently available online at NARS. Most pieces are permanent with the exception of a few that are limited edition, so I do recommend ordering sooner than later if you saw anything you liked in particular.

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